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Engage Your Laity - Pass it ON! 

Pass this newsletter along to others in your congregation and encourage them to sign up to get an update of resources each week. Click here to sign up today!


Team Up for The Future 

Collaborate with other congregations through Team Vital in 2018.Save up to 9 months of work in your church's ministry. Now's the time! Plan for future ministry and register by Dec. 1. Click here to learn more.

Hope Starts With You 

United Methodists in GNJ have many close ties to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Working with the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico we are developing special resourcing and support for those in need after Hurricane Maria. Join us for a day of Thanksgiving on Nov. 19 and engage your congregation in contributing much needed supplies. 
Click here for information of the Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing on Nov. 19 and a supply list and drop off information.
Click here to register to be included on our Esperanza Team, a group of churches who will be updated regularly on needs as they arrive. Look for updates in The Digest, social media, email, and on GNJ's website.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the drop off location, receiving, classifying, packing and loading donations, and providing general hospitality. Two-hour time slots are available all three days of the drive. Groups/Individuals can sign up for multiple time slots.
Click here to volunteer. Contact Rev. Samuel Arroyo for questions and more information on volunteer opportunities.
 

Support Recovery Efforts

- The next ERT class, re-certification and initial training, will be held on Nov. 25 at the UMC of Westfield in Westfield, NJ. To learn more and register, contact Carol Brozosky.
- Disaster Response Teams are now forming for Texas next month. Any ERTs and other volunteers interested in joining or leading the Nov. teams can contact UMVIM Coordinator Brittany Rusk for specific details. 
Water & Roots 

Dive Into The Waters of Baptism 

Rediscovering the power of Baptism starts now! Resource materials will be made available to all who sign up here. Materials include sermon series resources, graphics, promotional material, small group curriculum, and much more! If you or your church is participating in a baptism, share your stories, photos and videos with Josh Kinney.

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey

Home At Last! 

After five long years, the Mary Ellen Mcgaughan-Azack and Frank Azack are finally in their home. Thank you all who volunteered and gave them a future with hope! Click here to hear their story. 

Are You Called to Serve the Church's Next Generation? 

Are you gifted at connecting with youth? Are you invested in the next generation of GNJ? Click here to learn about becoming an Engagement Specialist. Next Generations Ministries, GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries, has launched a new website. Click here to learn more, explore the mission, and view staff members.

GNJ NEWS

Gushing Fountains of Endless Life 

Sometimes gushing fountains of endless life come from unexpected places. In the latest installment of The Connection blog, Director of Worship Eric Drew shares his experience at a hot spring in Honduras and how his understanding of baptism has deepened working on the Water & Roots project. Click here to read.
 

GNJ co-signs DACA Memo 

The Coalition of Religious Leaders in N.J. expressed their deep concern and opposition to President Trump’s plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. GNJ co-signed the declaration. Click here to read the full statement.

Tony Campolo Plenary Session Video 
Dr. Tony Campolo of Eastern University came and provided an inspiring plenary session at the Super Church Conference of the Central Region on Oct. 28. Click here to watch and share. 
 
Submit Your Church's History 
The Commission on Archives and History has announced this year's Local Church History contest. Click here to learn more. The deadline for submitting a local church history is Jan. 18, 2018. 

Licensing School Dates for Local Pastors 

2018 Local Pastors Licensing school dates are Feb. 16-17, April 6-7, May 11-12, June 22-23. All meetings will be held at The Mission and Resource Center. Stay tuned for updates. 
 

Conversation About Race - Wisdom Circle 

On Dec. 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC in Ewing, laity and clergy from cross-racial, cross-cultural sites will come together to engage in conversation regarding their blessings and challenges. The Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for those in these sites to meet, fellowship and learn. For more info contact Rev. Vanessa M. Wilson. JD or call her at (609)388-8852. 
 

Back to Basic's Luncheon Fundraiser 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m. CAMP YDP in Paterson will be hosting a special fundraising event for the future. Tickets are $50 per person and ad space is available in the event journal. For more info or to purchase tickets/ ad space, contact Bria Pierre at (973)790-0887. 

GNJ Announcements 
 

Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 16 

HealthFlex Annual Election (Active Plan) United Healthcare Annual Election (Retiree Plan) and Guardian Dental Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1 – 16. Elections made during this time will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. For more information click here.


Year-End Statistical Report Training 

Year-end statistical reports training is open to Clergy and Laity. Pastors, finance committees, stewardship teams, treasurers, financial secretaries, and auditing committees are encouraged to attend. Click here to see details, dates, times, and locations based on region. 
 

2018 FSA Salary Reduction Increase 

The IRS announced that the 2018 maximum salary reduction has been increased to $2,650. The 2018 Clergy Compensation Form and Instructions have been updated and are now available here. 
 

Are You an Organized, Event-Planning, Schedule-Keeping Maniac Who Loves The Church? 

Are you a church administrator or leader looking for your next step? Do you have the relational ability to motivate, event plan, and manage tasks, schedules, and staff? The Connectional Ministries Team is seeking an Executive Assistant to do just that. Click here for a full job description.
 

Immigration and Refugee Ministry Resources 

GNJ is committed to equip and resource local congregations to engage in ministries of mercy and justice that support the immigrant community. Click here for resources and tool-kits.

 

Beware of Spam Emails 

As a reminder, please never open a link in a GNJ email that does not contain our full signature. If an email appears questionable to you, forward the email to the alleged sender to confirm its validity. 
 

Let the Mission and Resource Center Serve You 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee

UMC News, Events, Info
#GivingTuesday - Nov. 28 
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This November 28th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. Click here to learn more and find out ways you can take part in GNJ.
 
Big Grant for Missional Internships 
Young people in the QuadW Missional Internship program live and work together in low-income areas, building in time for prayer and Bible study. The United Methodist-affiliated program is set to expand, thanks to a $2.6 million foundation grant. Click here to learn more.
 
Young Leaders Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 
Join other United Methodist young people from around the world on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Ages 18-35 are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Dec. 1. Click here to learn more. 
 
Respond to the Global Migration Crisis 
There are 65 million people displaced in the world today, more than at any other time since WWII. The UMC’s response to this crisis is Global Migration Sunday on Dec. 3, a day of prayer and generosity that will raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees. Learn more about this important Sunday via a free webinar on Nov. 8. Click here to register. 
 

RevitUp! Young Clergy Event 

Wespath is hosting a revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry educational event for young clergy ages 39 and under Nov. 13-15 in Pensacola Beach, FL. The event serves to strengthen personal, financial and leadership skills to sustain a lifetime in ministry. Scholarship opportunities and childcare are available. Click here for details and to register.

Celebrate United Methodist Student Day  
Think about the young people in your congregation as you prepare to celebrate United Methodist Student Day on Nov. 26. Download the United Methodist Student Day pastor’s kit for tools to celebrate including social media images, e-books, videos, and more. Click here.
 

Advent Resources Available 

Order materials to support your outreach efforts now and you’ll receive $400 off your order! Resources include donor hangers, invitation cards, selfie stand, outdoor banners, postcards and more. Click here. 

 

How to Get in The Relay and Digest

Do you have vital information that pertains to all of GNJ for The Digest? Click here to send an email. Do you have a good story idea for The Relay? Contact Josh Kinney. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 20th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.
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